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SWEET FARGING HECK!!! by 8Ball
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Report this Post01-14-2011 08:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post
May blasted electric bill went up $350 bucks this month!!!!!

*faints*

Time to turn down the heat and put on a few more layers of clothes!
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Report this Post01-14-2011 08:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jaskispyderSend a Private Message to jaskispyderDirect Link to This Post
What type of heat? Any thoughts on closing off rooms that you are not using much?
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It's Bush's fault.
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Report this Post01-14-2011 08:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post
We have electric heat. We were using the fireplace to help with the heat, but have not been able to get any DRY wood for over a month.
We have all our rooms closed off, except for the downstairs, which we can't close anything off there and our bedroom. The bloody house has 30 foot ceilings in the living room and next to no insulation in the front wall. leaky windows... just plain horrid.

Man this is NOT what I needed this month. Guess I better get busy and sell a couple computers!
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Report this Post01-14-2011 08:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
Talked to my daughter in N.C. yesterday--her's is over $300 too., but she lives in a very old house.
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Welcome to my summer cooling cost...
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My electric bill this month.. 1400 Sq foot house... $598.
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Originally posted by 8Ball:
... have not been able to get any DRY wood for over a month.

Sounds like a personal irresponsibility problem to me, .
I can ship you some, for a cost. I kid.
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Originally posted by 8Ball:
..........have not been able to get any DRY wood for over a month.


I would hope not !!!!!...the whole idea of getting wood is to get it wet.
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Report this Post01-14-2011 09:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post
It is not personal irresponsibility... It is a lack of storage for any more than 2 riks of wood.
And with all the rain and snow we have had, everyone is selling soggy wood.
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Wow, the highest bill for my 1200 sq ft house was about 240. Gas/Electric. It's just me here but damn, (598) that's expensive. I keep the heat at 69 when I'm home and 64 at night. And yes I'm tired of wearing long underwear, but it's better than a huge power bill. JM
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YEa.. looks like we will be doing the same thing. I had been having it at 73 when jsut the wife was home.. She is used to the cold and we turn it up to 75-76 when I got home at night.. then abck to 73 at bedtime.

Looks like 65-69 for us coming up.
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Report this Post01-14-2011 10:44 PM Click Here to See the Profile for weaselbeakClick Here to Email weaselbeakSend a Private Message to weaselbeakDirect Link to This Post
Look for something wrong in your system. A faulty element in your water heater, for example, can rape you on the bill. Call your provider, they can tell you what to look for.
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It is a lack of storage for any more than 2 riks of wood.

Two words.
Pallet
Tarp

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Thanks,

I don't feel so bad now.

Our city utility bill, for power/water/sewage/garbage/recycling/streetlights etc last month, was $ 180.00.
Natural gas for heat and hot water was $ 120.00.

Not so bad by comparison.

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Originally posted by cliffw:

Two words.
Pallet
Tarp



More words... Condo, no yard. I have exactly enough room for two riks and very strict rules for what is outside. I am only ALLOWED to store the wood in the overhang of my entryway. I suppose if I want to get rid of my car and my tools I could store it in the garage that is BARELY big enough for my Miata.

 
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Look for something wrong in your system. A faulty element in your water heater, for example, can rape you on the bill. Call your provider, they can tell you what to look for.



Oh I intend to ask if they will check into it for me. But even in the spring, my lowest bill.. with NO ac on was $180

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Ceiling fans.

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I have a ceiling fan in the living room. But again.. bad insulation and 30 foot ceilings.. nothing seems to help. And I can't find anywhere else to move that does not cost MORE.
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our house is 1994 split level, all rooms heated, up an down stairs.
we keep it 67/68 and our bill runs $120~

it has been well below zero here several times

i run a 5000w electric heater in the garage, and a dehumidifier to keep the floor dry, it is 50* in the garage all the time and our electric bill is right around $100 also

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Originally posted by 8Ball:

I have a ceiling fan in the living room. But again.. bad insulation and 30 foot ceilings.. nothing seems to help. And I can't find anywhere else to move that does not cost MORE.


30' ceiling? post a pic
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Report this Post01-14-2011 11:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
Must be a 3 story town house. My 2 story has a cathedral ceiling ranging from 14' at the wall sloping up to 22' at the peak.

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Originally posted by $Rich$:


30' ceiling? post a pic




It is hard to picture the scale, but the exact measurement floor to ceiling is 29 foot and 11.75 inches.


 
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Must be a 3 story house. My 2 story has a cathedral ceiling ranging from 14' at the wall up to 22' at the peak.


Nope, it is a very badly designed Art Deco Condo from the 60's. 2 story. The 2nd floor master bedroom has a 19 foot ceiling. The spare bedrooms have 16 foot ceilings. The kitchen, dining room and bathrooms have 9 foot ceilings.

The condos are built into the side of a hill. Which is why they have such odd dimensions. Well that and they are designed by an idiot.

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1450 Square foot, single story ranch....last bill was $198.93 for gas, electric, water, and sewer. Our city owns all of the utilities...no private companies to deal with.
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Something's wrong. A house with walls that high, would most likely be 6" thick walls (mine are). Looks like good sheetrock, carpeting, so drafts shouldn't be the culprit. Your ceiling fan does nothing way up there tho. I have 8' drops on the 2 fans I have in the big room and they move the heat around perfectly.



The only room in my house that doesn't stay toasty is the bathroom, and that's because we keep the door closed because of the 2 cats. Thermostat stays on 71 during the winter and summer.
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The biggest problem is the front wall.. the shortest wall. It is too thin, The entire thing moves when you open of close the door. Not much, but you can see it. Also the front wall has a plate glass window, 7 foot high and 6 foot wide. It leaks air like a bad tire, so does the door and every other window here... There is NO insulation in the front wall. The kitchen it always like an ice box. The laundry ... Well the laundry may as well be outside.. It is unbearably cold. Zero insulation and crappy windows... shoddy workmanship... jsut all in all a bad place. Sure glad I decided NOT to buy it!

My upstairs stays pretty warm. The downstairs... not so much.
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Originally posted by 8Ball:

My upstairs stays pretty warm. The downstairs... not so much.


We keep our thermostat set at 70 during the day and 64 at night pretty much year round. In the winter we close all the upstairs vents and open the downstairs to let the heat rise. Summer we do the opposite and let the cold settle. Our bills winter (gas furnace) run about $160 combined winter and about $240 combined summer (1100-1200ish sq ft).
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Originally posted by weaselbeak:

A faulty element in your water heater


Antibiotics will usually fix that.

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The biggest problem is the front wall.. the shortest wall. It is too thin, The entire thing moves when you open of close the door. Not much, but you can see it. Also the front wall has a plate glass window, 7 foot high and 6 foot wide. It leaks air like a bad tire, so does the door and every other window here... There is NO insulation in the front wall. The kitchen it always like an ice box. The laundry ... Well the laundry may as well be outside.. It is unbearably cold. Zero insulation and crappy windows... shoddy workmanship... jsut all in all a bad place. Sure glad I decided NOT to buy it!

My upstairs stays pretty warm. The downstairs... not so much.


Get some plastic and cover the windows on that wall that has so many leaks. If you have any incense sticks or smoke go around the wall and watch where the smoke moves.

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Originally posted by 8Ball:

YEa.. looks like we will be doing the same thing. I had been having it at 73 when jsut the wife was home.. She is used to the cold and we turn it up to 75-76 when I got home at night.. then abck to 73 at bedtime.

Looks like 65-69 for us coming up.


There's your problem, right there. 75 degrees or higher is what I set my [i]Air Conditioner]/i] to. It's 61 degrees in my office as I type this. I kkep it so cold by flourescent lights have to warm up.

Man up. Buy a Snuggie!
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More words... Condo, no yard.

Oh. Yeah, that sucks.
 
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I have exactly enough room for two riks and very strict rules for what is outside. I am only ALLOWED to store the wood in the overhang of my entryway.

I am glad I have not felt your pain. My home is my castle and I make the rules.
Perhaps rent a 5X10 storage unit ?
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Another thought. How big is a rick ?
Store a couple in front/besides the fireplace ? Along an ajoining wall ?
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